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Friday, November 18, 2011

Project Play is giving away up to $15,000 to spruce-up local playgrounds.

FROM ACTion Alexandria: 

Project Play is giving away up to $15,000 to spruce-up local playgrounds.

Your local playground could be the winner of up to $5,000 in “spruce up” grants to improve the quality of playspace for children in your neighborhood. Whether your playground needs repairs, mulch, new small equipment, seating, or even trees for shade, winning a Project Play Spruce Up Grant can turn your neglected playground into a kid magnet.
Four grants are up for grabs. Any playground in the City of Alexandria is eligible.project_play_spruce_up_grants_contest_badge
  • $5,000
  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $2,500

How to Submit a Nomination

It’s easy to nominate your favorite playground. All you have to do is submit your nomination on the ACTion Alexandria website or send it via email and include the following:
  • Explain how a spruce up grant for your playground would help children in your community.
  • Specify the kind of equipment, repairs, changes, or innovative ideas you have for your playground. See this suggested equipment list for ideas. Special consideration will be given to equipment or playspaces that serve toddlers and pre-school age children.
  • Include a representative photo if possible.

Last day to nominate a playground is January 6


How Winners Are Selected

Grant winners will be selected by the Project Play Taskforce based upon a combination of online votes and recommendations from the recently completed city-wide playspace assessment.
Please review the official contest rules for details.

Important Dates

  • November 16th, 2011: Nominations and voting begin
  • January 6th, 2012: Last day of nominations
  • January 13th, 2012: Last day of voting
  • February 1st, 2012: Winners announced!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toys for Tots Benefit


City of Alexandria to Hold 37th Annual Toys For Tots Benefit Square Dance on Sunday, December 4

The City of Alexandria’s 37th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance is scheduled for Sunday, December 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Lee Center Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St.  This year’s theme is “Almost Heaven at Thirty-Seven” and will feature a special 3 p.m. performance by Capital Squares Demonstration Team. 
The annual square and round dance benefits the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive.  Recommended donation for each couple is a new, unopened toy or a $10 minimum contribution (singles $5).  All toys and proceeds from this dance will remain in the Washington metropolitan area. If you do not wish to participate but would like to donate a toy, you may drop off your donation until 3 p.m. at the Lee Center.
The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association and Washington Area Square Dance Cooperative Association are cosponsoring the event.

Holiday Concerts in Alexandria

Miracle on King Street

Join the Alexandria Singers for our annual holidays pops concert weekend as they weave pop and jazz arrangements of traditional holiday classics with new tunes that will instantly become your holiday favorites!

Note 3 show times! Friday Dec 9th 7:30; Saturday Dec 10th 2pm AND 7:30pm! 

Premium Seats $20 General Admission $15Discounted Rate* $10 (*Seniors 65+, Students, Groups of 10+, Active Military) Children (6 and under) $5For tickets 
visit: OR e-mail: include "Miracle on King Street" in the subject line)
**Share your spirit for the season! The Alexandria Singers will collect donations and wrapped gifts for the Alexandria Community Shelter at all of our holiday performances. 
Please label wrapped gifts F, M, of C (b/g)(female, male, child - boy/girl if necessary)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Scottish Walk Weekend



9am-5pm - Christmas Market Place - George Washington Masonic Memorial 
9am-5pm - Heather & Greens Sale - George Washington Masonic Memorial 
1pm-3pm - Deck the Halls with Santa - for children 11 and younger, $30 for adults, $15 for children, 
                  George Washington Masonic Memorial.  * The Memorial does NOT allow strollers.
8pm-11pm - Taste of Scotland - George Washington Masonic Memorial - $100/per person 


8am-4pm - Heather & Greens Sale - George Washington Masonic Memorial 
11am-1pm - Scottish Walk Parade - Beginning at the corner of Wilkes and South Saint Asaph Streets 
                    and ending at King and Royal Streets
1pm-1:30pm - Band Concert - Market Square
11am-4pm - Holiday Home Tour -$30 in advance, $35 day of
  • 206 Wolfe Street
  • 716 Wolfe Street
  • 408 Prince Street
  • 103 Prince Street
  • 430 S. St. Asaph Street
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    228 S. Pitt Street
  • The Campagna Center
    418 S. Washington Street

To purchase tickets for any of the events go to

and for more information go to

City of Alexandria Holiday Concert Series

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2011

City of Alexandria Announces 2011 Holiday Concert Series

Enjoy the festive sounds of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get into the holiday spirit.  Come enjoy local performers with their rich talent as they entertain you during this festive time of year   Types of music featured include barbershop, folk, Hanukah favorites, hand bell ringers and good old fashioned caroling.
All the performances are free and held outdoors.  Concerts will be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.
For a complete list of Holiday Concerts, visit
The public is encouraged to take public transit or walk to the event. Visitors to Old Town can take the Metrorail lines to the King Street Station, and then take the free King Street Trolley to the event. For DASH schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit   For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit For a parking map, visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Lawrence, Director, Office of Special Events, at 703.746.5419 (TTY 703.838.4902) or e-mail